Matters of Education

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Presidential Checks and Balances, Gr 6-8

Length of Time:   45-60 Minutes


The system of the federal government established in the Constitution has weathered many difficult times but the basic frame holds. The three branches of government have done as the framers intended, kept each other in check and balanced the respective power of each.

Essential Questions

What is the job of the President of the United States as part of the federal government?

Common Core Standards

English Language Arts Standards

Craft and Structure

RI.4. Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 5 topic or subject area.

English Language Arts Standards: Social Studies; Grades 6-8:

Integration of Knowledge and Ideas

RH.6-8.7. Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.

Content Standards

Massachusetts Curriculum Standards:

US History 1:

  • Revolution to Reconstruction
  • Historical and Intellectual Origins of the US during the Constitutional Era
  • Basic Framework of American Democracy and Concepts of Government